You’ve probably heard of the idea that your mind is what creates your reality.
Well, if that’s true, then knowing how to be mentally healthy is an absolutely essential skill and that’s exactly what this blog post is about.
There’s going to be times in life when we suffer with:
- Low mood
- And much more…
Having the right coping strategies to deal with these situations will make it easier to overcome those obstacles in life.
So, here are 5 quick tips for being mentally healthy so that you can cope with the downswings in life.
5 Steps To Being More Mentally Healthy
OK, let me be totally clear before I move forward in this article.
These strategies are not a replacement for actual medical or psychological care.
If you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, chronic stress or anything like that, I highly recommend speaking to a doctor or psychological professional.
But, for times when you just need a mental health “pick-me-up”, then these strategies can work wonders.
I’ve used them myself to improve my mental health and I’m sure you’ll be able to do the exact same!
1# Start A Gratitude Practice
Whilst it’s not the “depression cure” that it’s made out to be, gratitude can certainly improve a low mood.
When we’re feeling upset, demotivated or anything like that, practising gratitude can help us shift into a higher gear.
This is because when we’re upset, we often focus on the crap side of life. We focus on everything that we don’t have, all the bad stuff that’s happened and how unfair the world is.
Now, I’m not a big believer in positive thinking, but the simple act of writing down or saying ten things that you’re grateful for is an amazing way to access a more positive state.
I’ve even used gratitude to help me become more confident in life. Check out my video on Morning Rituals for Confidence where I explain how I use gratitude to boost my confidence.
Gratitude can take as little as a minute to boost you into a positive state.
So, next time you’re upset or feeling low, try listing ten things you’re truly grateful for.
Not to be confused with self-absorption, I cannot overstate how important self-love is for improving self-esteem.
By spending time creating and using a self-love ritual, you are reminding yourself that you are a person of worth.
The more you treat yourself with love, compassion and care, the faster you improve your self-esteem.
Again, it can be as simple as writing down ten things that you truly love about yourself.
Do this for 30 days and you’ll have a list of 300 things that you love about you.
Wouldn’t that be amazing?
But, another great way to practise self-love is by taking care of your mental and physical health.
After all, if you love something, you take care of it.
So, by treating your mind and body right, you are acting with self-love and, consequently, boosting your self-esteem!
This isn’t about clearing your mind of negativity.
In fact, mindfulness isn’t about clearing your mind at all.
Rather, it’s a practice that teaches you how to become aware of the world that you live in.
Most importantly, it teaches you how to be aware of your thoughts.
Over time, practising regular mindfulness will show you that the automatic thoughts that pop into your head aren’t actually you.
Rather, it’s the labels and meanings that we give to the thoughts that cause our mood to go up and down.
Now, this isn’t some “choose your mood” BS, let be me 100% clear.
But, it does show you how you can separate reality from the automatic thoughts that arrive in your mind every day.
By no longer confusing our thoughts with ourselves as people, we can address whatever negative thought comes into our mind with objectivity and a sense of love for ourselves.
I cannot recommend starting a regular mindfulness practise enough!
Give it a try today.
What’s the worst that can happen?
4# Start A Journal
Speaking of dealing with our thoughts, writing in a journal is another great way to address thoughts that would normally be floating around in our minds.
Sometimes the simple act of writing a thought down on paper is enough to rob it of its power.
It’s great to give the mind a good ol’ spring-cleaning by simple writing down our thoughts.
I can credit a lot of my early self-improvement to keeping a regular journal.
It was a great way for me to process my thoughts and emotions in a structured way.
You don’t have to start a full-scale memoir though!
Everyone has their own style of journaling.
You can write in bullet points, complete sentences or even just a long free-flowing stream of thoughts on the page.
You can choose your own way!
But, this is another method that I highly recommend for becoming more mentally healthy.
5# Regular Exercise
Putting aside the endorphin release, there are so many hidden benefits to exercising that often don’t get mentioned.
There’s a huge social aspect – especially in a team or paired sports, classes or gym culture
It reminds you that you can control your actions in life
It’s an almost immediate boost to your self-esteem – especially after a hard workout
As I said earlier, it’s also a great way to demonstrate self-love.
By taking care of our bodies, we show our minds that we are a person of worth.
Working out and playing sports over the last few years has helped me cope with:
- Social anxiety
- And much more…
Even if it’s just going for a walk outside for fifteen minutes, some exercise is better than none.
And, once you get into the habit, it’s pretty darn addicting – in a good way!
So, I hope you enjoyed this post on how to be mentally healthy.
Please remember that if you are suffering from any serious mental health issues, you should go and see a doctor or psychological professional.
These tips can and will help in certain situations, but they are not a substitute for targeted interventions.
Nevertheless, I highly encourage you to try these 5 quick tips out and see where life takes you from there!
If you have any questions or comments, then definitely make sure that you leave them in the comment section below.
Also, if you’re interested in receiving coaching to start creating more confidence in your life, then make sure you check out the Confidence Coaching page to get in contact.
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Once again, though, I hope you found this article useful and I look forward to having you back on Life Transformation UK very soon!